Greenpeace opposes Italian gas terminal

October 29, 2007

Environmental activists want to block Italian plans to install a floating natural gas terminal in the middle of a whale and dolphin sanctuary.

Under a plan approved by the Italian government, 40 to 50 tankers a year would transfer liquefied gas to the floating terminal, which then would pipe it to the mainland near Livorno, Britain's Independent reported Monday.

The terminal would float in the Cetaceans Sanctuary of the Mediterranean -- home to striped dolphins, fin whales and sperm whales.

Greenpeace and other environmental groups say the terminal would be in a seismically active area where strong winds would make it hazardous to transfer liquid gas, the Independent reported.

Thousands of tons of toxic mud dumped on the sea floor decades ago would be stirred by anchoring ships and terminal moorings, said Alessandro Gianni, a spokesman for Greenpeace. Gianni said also that a steady discharge of chlorine bleach used to clean the platform's seawater intake pipes would kill everything below.

The Italian government says the benefits of the much-needed energy outweigh the risks of the project, the Independent reported.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

Explore further: Mozambique's gas boom dream under threat

Related Stories

Mozambique's gas boom dream under threat

May 7, 2017

The small, palm-fringed fishing town of Palma was meant to become a symbol of Mozambique's glittering future, transformed by one of the world's largest liquefied natural gas projects.

WikiLeaks reveals US global interests

December 6, 2010

WikiLeaks has released a secret list of infrastructure from pipelines to smallpox vaccine suppliers whose loss or attack by terrorists could "critically impact" US security in the view of the State Department.

A rare condition of excruciating eye pain

September 8, 2015

Razor blades. Jabbing needles. Barbed wire. Screaming, howling, red-hot-poker-in-the-eye pain. The impulse to gouge your own eyes out or overdose on sleeping pills – anything to make the pain go away.

Recommended for you

Scientists warn that saline lakes in dire situation worldwide

October 23, 2017

Saline lakes around the world are shrinking in size at alarming rates. But what—or who—is to blame? Lakes like Utah's Great Salt Lake, Asia's Aral Sea, the Dead Sea in Jordan and Israel, China's huge Lop Nur and Bolivia's ...

Mountain glaciers shrinking across the West

October 22, 2017

Until recently, glaciers in the United States have been measured in two ways: placing stakes in the snow, as federal scientists have done each year since 1957 at South Cascade Glacier in Washington state; or tracking glacier ...

Carbon coating gives biochar its garden-greening power

October 20, 2017

For more than 100 years, biochar, a carbon-rich, charcoal-like substance made from oxygen-deprived plant or other organic matter, has both delighted and puzzled scientists. As a soil additive, biochar can store carbon and ...

Cool roofs have water saving benefits too

October 20, 2017

The energy and climate benefits of cool roofs have been well established: By reflecting rather than absorbing the sun's energy, light-colored roofs keep buildings, cities, and even the entire planet cooler. Now a new study ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.